ADJ. big, considerable, enormous, extreme, grave, great, mortal, obvious, real, serious, terrible They are in grave danger of losing everything. She knew that she was now in mortal danger. There is a real danger that the bridge will collapse from the weight of traffic. | acute, immediate, imminent, impending They are in imminent danger of attack. | constant, ever-present the ever-present danger of crime | long-term | inherent There are inherent dangers in the system. | slight | possible, potential | personal | physical | public The pollution from the factory is a public danger.
PREP. in ~ We weren't in any danger. | in ~ of The plant is now in danger of extinction. | out of ~ They ran until they were out of danger. | ~ from, ~ of We're in serious danger of becoming a nation of worriers. | ~ to There is no danger to the public from these chemicals.
PHRASES be off/on the danger list He was admitted to hospital in critical condition, but is now off the danger list.
VERB + DANGER be exposed to, face On their journey across the desert they faced danger of all sorts. | be fraught with, involve The task was fraught with danger. | cause He was convicted of causing danger to other road users. | pose the dangers posed by the possession of nuclear weapons | be aware of, foresee, identify, realize, recognize, see, sense, smell, spot No one foresaw the danger. The animal seemed to sense danger. | run A company must keep developing or it runs the danger of stagnating. | court Some people take crazy risks because they get a thrill from courting danger. | avert Vigorous action is needed to avert the danger of runaway inflation. | lessen, minimize, reduce | avoid, escape | ignore
DANGER + VERB exist, face sb, lie in sth, lurk, threaten sb One of the biggest dangers facing us may be climate change. The danger lies in becoming too complacent. Where would they hide if danger threatened? | arise, come (from sb/sth) The biggest danger to gorillas comes from humans. | pass We waited until all danger had passed.
DANGER + NOUN area, spot, zone Despite the high levels of radiation, people are now moving back into the danger zone. | signals, signs He recognized the danger signs and gave up smoking. | money The divers were paid danger money for working in such hazardous conditions. | man The United manager believes Figo is the opposition's danger man.